Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, and the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the "sacraments of initiation" by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists of pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Catholic Parents may request the Sacrament of Baptism for their child. Baptisms are celebrated for registered, regularly participating members of our parish community. Please contact the parish office and an appointment will be arranged to meet with the priest and complete the required preparation.
Adults who seek the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are invited to contact the parish office for information on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The custom of having sponsors for baptism is most ancient. The more common terms are godfather, godmother and godparents.
An infant to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who, together with the parents, presents him or her for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it.
In the baptism of children, the sponsor(s) should be present to be added spiritually to the immediate family of the one to be baptized and to represent Mother Church. When occasion arises, he/she will be ready to help the parents bring up their child to profess the faith and to show this by living it.
A person may have one or two sponsors (godparents). There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each if there are two.
To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:
1. Be a baptized Catholic;
2. Be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or guardian, or in their absence, by the pastor, and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
3. Have completed sixteen years of age;
4. Be a practicing Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the sacrament of the Eucharist and who lives in fact as a Christian;
5. Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
6. Not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized;
Click here to view a short video for godparents. It goes through the responsibilities of a godparent, and gives the Catholic Church’s requirements to qualify as a godparent.
Sponsors do not merely undertake a responsibility for the Christian education of the person being baptized as a relation or a friend; they are also there as representatives of a community of faith, standing as guarantees of the candidate’s faith and desire for ecclesial communion.
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
If your child is in public school and is of the age to receive Confirmation, Church policy requires that the Sacraments be performed in the parish you are registered in and attend regularly. If you are not registered in a particular parish, then you are to approach the parish located closest to you geographically. At St. Mary's, you must be a registered, regularly attending parishioner for a minimum of 6 months. For details regarding further requirements and preparation, please contact the parish office.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. Each time we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, it is an expression of our intimate union with the Lord. In Communion we share in the life and work of Christ. This meal unites us with every other believer around the table. As we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, we are empowered to bring some share of His life to all we meet.
Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. We receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time during First Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity that are truly present in the consecrated host and wine (the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass.
First Holy Communion is considered one of the holiest and most important occasions in a Roman Catholic person’s life. It is the first time that a person receives the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the eating of consecrated bread. Most Catholic children receive their First Holy Communion when they are 7 or 8 years old as this is considered the age of reason.
Young Catholic children will make their first confession, also called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, before receiving their First Holy Communion. But confession is not the only requirement for receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist; the Sacrament of Baptism must have been received as well. A child, or any person, who has not been baptized cannot receive communion.
Older people can receive communion for the first time when they have met all of the Catholic Church’s requirements. If you are an adult, 18 years or older, who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic and have never received First Holy Communion, please contact the parish office for information on The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
If your child is approaching second grade, or a little older, and in public school: Church policy requires that the Sacraments be performed in the parish you are registered in and attend regularly. If you are not registered in a particular parish, then you are to approach the parish located closest to you geographically. At St. Mary's, you must be a registered, regularly attending parishioner for a minimum of 6 months. For details regarding further requirements and preparation, please contact the parish office.
“By reason of their state in life, Christian spouses have their own special gifts in the People of God. This grace, proper to the sacrament of Matrimony, is intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they help one another to attain holiness in their married life and in welcoming and educating their children. Christ is the source of this grace … Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to ... be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. In the joys of their love and family life He gives them here on earth a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb.” (CCC 1641)
Church policy requires that the Sacraments be performed in the parish you are registered in, support and attend regularly. If you are not registered in a particular parish, then you may approach the parish located closest to you geographically. At St. Mary's, you must be a registered, regularly attending parishioner for a minimum of 6 months before requesting a marriage date. For details regarding further marriage requirements and preparation for parishioners, please contact the parish office at least 6 months before the preferred marriage date.
Anointing of the Sick
By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests, the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. and indeed He exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ. (CCC 1499)
The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. This grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation to discouragement and anguish ... This assistance from the Lord by the power of His Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God's will. (CCC 1520)
If you enter the hospital, be sure and indicate your religion and parish on the patient registration form. For more information or to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact our office.
Priesthood and Religious Life
Is God calling you to Religious Life as a brother, deacon or priest? Learn about the life and ministry of the members of the Congregation of the Resurrection by visiting www.vocationculture.ca or contact Fr. Dan Lobsinger C.R., Vocation Director, at 519-576-3860. All inquires are confidential.